Harry Howell in 2011

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Rangers Legend Harry Howell Dies At 86

March 10, 2019 - 3:15 pm

By WFAN.com

Rangers legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Harry Howell has died at the age of 86, the team announced Sunday.

Howell played 17 seasons and a franchise record 1,160 games for New York from 1952 until 1969. He also spent time in the NHL with the Oakland/California Golden Seals and the Los Angeles Kings. 

The Ontario native's number three jersey has hung from the rafters at Madison Square Garden since it was retired in 2009. Rangers President Glen Sather released a statement on Howell's death.

"Harry played 17 seasons in New York, establishing a franchise record of 1,160 regular season games played, that may never be broken. Affectionately known as "Harry the Horse", he won the Norris Trophy in 1966-67 and was a stalwart on defense. Alongside his dear friend and teammate #9 Andy Bathgate, seeing his No. 3 jersey take its rightful place in the Madison Square Garden rafters in 2009 was a proud moment for our franchise. The entire Rangers organization sends our most heartfelt condolences to the Howell family who recently lost Harry's beloved wife Marilyn, just a few weeks ago."  
"They will always remain in our hearts and forever be a part of our Rangers family."

The Rangers will likely choose to honor Howell further throughout the last few weeks of their regular season.